Nonprofit news roundup, 07.25.14

North Carolina trails 33 states in child well-being

North Carolina ranks 34th among the states in overall child well-being, a new study says.

The state’s ranking is based on combination of rankings in categories that affect children, including 38th in economic well-being, 28th in education, 32nd in health, and 36th in family and community, according to the 2014 Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

In North Carolina, for example, 26 percent of children lived in poverty in 2012, up from 21 percent in 2005 and compared to 23 percent throughout the U.S., the report says.

Sixty-six percent of North Carolina fourth graders were not proficient in reading in 2013, down from 70 percent in 2005, and compared to 65 percent throughout the U.S., and 19 percent of high school students were not graduating on time in 2011-12, down from 27 percent in 2005-06, and compared to 21 percent throughout the U.S.

Among new babies in North Carolina, 8.8 percent were born with low birthweight in 2012, down from 9.2 percent in 2012 and compared to 8 percent throughout the U.S.

And 37 percent of North Carolina children lived in single-parent families in 2012, up from 34 percent in 2005 and compared to 35 percent throughout the U.S.

Autism Society gets $50,000 to expand employment support

The Autism Society of North Carolina has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Walmart Foundation to help expand its program that provides employment support for adults with autism.

The program will serve 85 adults with autism in Alamance, Chatham, Cumberland, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Orange, Randolph, and Wake counties, and will include work-readiness evaluations, transition-to-employment training, job search, on-the-job training, ongoing job supports, and monthly support group meetings.

Triad selected for launch of food-donation app

MaxMyShopping.com will launch the beta version of its grocery savings and food donation app in the Triad later this year, and has created an informal partnership with Greensboro Urban Ministry to design the food assistance app.

The company has developed specifications for the app and on July 15 launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to complete the project.

Beth Livingston of Greensboro is founder of MaxMyShopping, which is a subsidiary of Rock High Development, a limited liability corporation registered in North Carolina.

Newman to head American Medical Association Alliance

Julie Newman, immediate past president of the board of directors of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education in Raleigh, has been named president-elect of the American Medical Association Alliance.

Evia-Lanevi joins American Immigration Council board

Diane Evia-Lanevi, founder and advisory board chair for The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students, has joined the board of trustees of the American Immigration Council, a national network of physicians and physicians’ spouses.

Visitors to national parks in North Carolina spend $1 billion

Over 16.1 million visitors to national parks in North Carolina spent over $1 billion and supported nearly 15,500 jobs in the state in 2013, a new study says.

The report, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists, shows $14.6 billion of direct spending throughout the U.S. by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.

That spending supported over 237,000 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion, the report says.

The report says national park tourism returns $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service.

Sculpture recognizes Rotary’s 50 years in Cary

A new sculpture outside the Cary Chamber of Commerce commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rotary in Cary will be dedicated on August 1. The five-sided granite structure represents the five Rotary Clubs in Cary.

Greensboro event to focus on minority business

North Carolina’s second annual Statewide Minority Enterprise Development Week will be held September 11 in Greensboro.

Sponsors of the event, to be held from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Alumni Foundation Event Center at N.C. A&T University, is expected to attract hundreds of business leaders.

The event will be hosted by the North Carolina Institute for Minority Enterprise Development and the North Carolina Minority Women’s Business Enterprise Coordinators’ Network.

Insurance industry golf event raises $27,000

The inaugural golf tournament sponsored by Community Matters, a group of Charlotte insurance-industry companies that raises money to benefit charity, raised over $27,000. Proceeds will go to Charlotte Family Housing and Crisis Assistance Ministry and their work to prevent homelessness.

UNC gets $297.5 million

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill attracted $297.5 million in private gifts and grants in fiscal 2014, up 9 percent from fiscal 2013 and marking the school’s second-best year ever.

Commitments, including pledges and gifts, grew to $310 million, also up 9 percent, and helped create five endowed professorships, and 58 undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.

Duke gets $3 million gift

Duke University has received a $3 million gift from alumna Bettye Martin Musham to establish a directorship for Islamic studies.

The gift will fund the William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies. The director will oversee the Duke Islamic Studies Center, which focuses on teaching, learning and research about Islam and Muslim communities.

Compass Center consolidating offices

Compass Center for Women and Families is merging its office locations in the wake of the  July 1, 2012, merger of The Women’s Center and the Family Violence Prevention Center of  Orange County.

Effective August 6, Compass Center will serve clients at 210 Henderson St. in Chapel Hill.

All phone numbers and the agency’s domestic violence hotline number will remain the same.

BB&T teams with InterAct

Associates from BB&T Wealth in the Triangle volunteered on June 11 at the Family Safety and Empowerment Center for InterAct in Raleigh, assembling new picnic tables and sports and playground equipment, refinishing existing outdoor furniture, and spreading mulch.

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